AusLD-list -- Australian Learning Disability Discussion List


About AusLD-list
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Welcome to the Australian Learning Disability Discussion List (AusLD-list).

The AusLD-list is a discussion list for discussing issues regarding Learning Disability, and related neurological disorders in schools, TAFE, Universities and Employment across Australia.

The AusLD-list aims to promote:
• the discussion of issues related to LD
• answer people’s inquiries regarding LD
• and disseminate news and events related to LD in Australia

The discussion list is open to anybody wishing to discuss LD in Australia.

There is much to discuss in Australia in the area of learning disability. Please feel free to ask ANY questions (learning starts at the beginning) and debate any LD topics via this list.

Learning Disability is clearly covered under the DDA definition which states:
'A disorder or malfunction which results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction....'

The definition of 'disability' in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)was intended to be as broad as possible, to ensure that no person who is discriminated against because of disability is left without a remedy due to definitional problems. Unfortunately, this has left a significant number of Australians, those with learning disability, without focussed relevant representation and information.

The ALDA website contains links from around the world and information and resources related to LD within Australia that has been, and is being developed. The site also contains the contact details for states and territories of organisations and individuals that can provide information, resources and services related to LD.

Good Luck using the mailing list and please contact me if you have any queries or problems by e-mailing:

The AusLD-list is a joint initiative between the Disability Coordination Officer (DCO) for Northern, Central and Southern Sydney and Australian Learning Disability Association (ALDA)

Learning disabilities include Dycalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.

Dyscalculia is a learning disability affecting a person's ability to understand and manipulate numbers. Dyscalculia affects people across the whole IQ range, but means they have problems with mathematics, time, measurement, etc. The disability is not rare and many of those who have Dyslexia or Dyspraxia also have the disability.

Dysgraphia is a difficulty for writing correctly, despite how proficient you can read. They can also lack basic spelling skills, say the wrong word when formulating a sentence and sometimes can have trouble tying their own shoes.

It is a disability which a person reading and/or writing ability is lower than his or her level of intelligence. However, people may read and write perfectly and have dyslexia. They are diagnosed with the disorder when their problems cannot be explained by a lack of intellectual ability, inadequate instruction or problems such as poor eyesight. Being as it is a complex mental process, it can have many potential causes. It is associated with phonological problems.

Dyspraxia is a development coordination disorder (DCD) more common in males than females and affects anywhere from 8-10% of all children. It is believed to be due to immature neuron development. It can be present in people with autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia & dyscalculia.

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the AusLD-list Archives. (The current archive is only available to the list members.)

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